It was a most perfect day for sailing in Hornbaek today as the 76 boat fleet enjoyed the 2nd race of the Hamlet Dragon Gold Cup in the crystal clear waters of Denmark. After 2 general recalls, with “P” & then “U” flags, the Black Flag was introduced by IOR Christian Lerche which certainly got everyone’s attention 🙂
The windward mark was set up at a bearing of 275 degrees, with the wind gusting between 14 to 18 kts from predominately 285 degrees, thus giving a 10 degree port end bias on the 800m long line. The boat making the best start at the pin end was the “Corinthian Team” of GER 1151 “Puck IV” helmed by Philip Dohse who actually went on to finish in 8th place, first Corinthian!
However, the day belonged to GBR 780 “Louise” helmed by Grant Gordon, crewed by Kasper Harsberg & Ruairidh Scott. This team won the race after rounding the top mark first and never looking back! I spoke to Grant after the race he told me “Well Stavros, our plan was to start towards the pin end, go left and tack on the layline, which we did. It was great to round the top mark first and although GBR 758 did cross us towards the top of the 2nd beat, we were again on layline, so rounded every buoy in the lead 🙂 We used the current to our best advantage downwind and kept hitting the left side of the beat upwind. UAE 9 kept us under pressure all the way, but we held on to win”. Congratulations team “Louise”.
3rd place went to GER 1170 “Cameleer” Marcus Brenneke, Theis Palm & Jochen Schumann. This team are really “on song” now after a very successful podium finish in the recent European Championship in St Petersburg.
3rd in Race 2 and now OVERALL LEADERS are GER 1170 “Cameleer” Marcus Brenneke.
So after 2 races we have GER 1170 in the lead on 10pts, UAE 9 on 11 pts and UAE 7 “Bunker Queen” which is being sailed by our current World Champion Eugenyi Braslavets, who has recorded a 5th and a 7th to total 12 pts… All extremely close and many more races to go…..
Tonight will be the Gala Dinner sponsored by Ilse Jacobsen so probably many “sore” heads tomorrow for Race 3, which starts at usual time of 12.00 (Noon).
Higher, Faster, Longer……………… Stavros.